Picture Books for Back to School

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I've been loving reading through all the posts in DeAnne's Picture Book linky, so I decided to join in!

At the beginning of the year, I always set up my expectations.  

To teach behavior, I like to read How Do Dinosaurs Go To School by Jane Yolen.

And for setting up the Daily 5 and reader's workshop, I always read The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram.

I'm also going to read a lot of tropical-themed books to go with my classroom theme and to help my students learn more about the ocean.  I've created a book study to go with The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen.  

I created vocabulary activities, a literacy center, graphic organizers, writing prompts, and art projects.  They are even aligned to 2nd grade common core standards! 
There are some fun writing and craft projects included:

What books do you plan on reading next school year?


  1. Nicole, your unit looks awesome!
    I've never seen that second book before but I'm going to check it out. It looks cute. I'm always looking for new read alouds. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

    1. THanks Sarah! I heard about "The Best Place to Read" from the Daily 5 Two Sisters' website. It's really cute!

  2. The Best Place to Read looks like a really cute book. I always start the year off reading The Kissing Hand to my firsties. It's one of my favorites! I just launched my blog today. I would love it if you would stop by and let me know what you think. Thanks!
    Teaching with Giggles

    1. When I taught kinder and 1st grade, The Kissing Hand was a staple! I bet my 2nds would like it, too, I just haven't tried it yet. Your blog is adorable!

  3. I love "The Pout Pout Fish!" Have you seen the musical version on youtube? It's great and my kiddos looooved it :)


  4. Your unit looks GREAT!! Pout-Pout fish stories are so cute!! I will have to check out The Best Place to Read. Looks like one to add to the cart.
    Thanks for sharing and linking up! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous